New York Jets: Is Asante Samuel The Answer At CB?

By Vinny Lanni
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The NFL life is a tough one for its players. Last week, Dexter McDougle had the chance to step onto an NFL field for the first time, and now he finds himself on the IR with a season-ending injury. Looking for a potential replacement, the New York Jets have reached out to the former New England Patriots corner Asante Samuel just to see if he might interested in joining the team, according to

Samuel last played in the league with the Atlanta Falcons, and he totaled 29 tackles and one interception in the 11 games he played. The major knock on Samuel is his inability to play man-to-man at corner as he is best suited in zone schemes. In Rex Ryan‘s defense, it is crucial for its corners to hold their own on the outside, because Ryan is often calling in extra players to add pressure on the quarterback.

At the declining age of 33, is Samuel the right guy to bring in? Should the Jets give some younger guys a chance? Maybe a trade?

If I were the Jets, I would give it a shot. What is there to lose if he struggles? At least they can say that they gave him a chance. Last season, the Jets brought in Ed Reed during the middle of the season and he wasn’t terrible, but he still didn’t solve all their problems.

With Dee Milliner also hurt at CB for the next few weeks, the Jets need someone to step up and impress. One guy on the roster I would look to is Darrin Walls as he was actually one of the best corners for the Jets in the 2013 preseason. A Samuel and Walls combo would be very interesting indeed, but the Jets are very thin on options. The team could still wait for roster cuts and see what teams drop a worthy corner, but it’s going to be hard to find someone and plug them into the lineup without any prior knowledge of the defense.

Jets GM John Idzik must be kicking himself right now for passing on Brandon Flowers, Antonio Cromartie and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the offseason, but its hard to look in the past. The injury to McDougle is unfortunate, but it gives an opportunity for someone else to step up and claim his spot.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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